One of my favourite Twitter follows is a foreign correspondent for Sport-Express, which is Russia’s sports daily. He’s also an contributor, and apparently a hockey dad of moderate craziness. (That’s me re-writing his Twitter bio.)

Anyway, he’s one of the most in-touch hockey writers I’m aware of when it comes to foreign-born (mostly Russian) players, and he just dropped the following two tweets:


Could Kovalchuk and others stay in Russia? It’s possible, and he clearly wants to give the All-Star game a go. The NHL doesn’t exactly have a whole ton of options to stop guys who don’t want to come back.

I wrote more on this earlier today, which you can check out here.

Updates to follow.



From earlier:


Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork had this to add:

A source told that Kovalchuk as well as other Russian players expressed concern to the NHLPA Friday about their reluctance to return to North America, with escrow being the key issue.